At Patio Furniture Industries, we want to help you find the right patio furniture for your needs. While in most respects, choosing furniture for your patio is similar to choosing furniture for inside your home, there are some additional considerations. To assist you with your selection, we’ve put together some things to keep in mind when choosing outdoor furniture:
- Climate and Weather — What are the prevailing weather conditions in your area? A cold northern climate will affect your outdoor furniture differently than a hot southern one, and materials will also perform differently in an arid climate than in a humid one. It’s important to consider your local climate when choosing outdoor furniture because conditions like temperature, humidity, average rainfall, and wind speed can all have negative consequences for your furniture. Wooden furniture may crack in hot, dry conditions, for example, while aluminum furniture has been known to blow away in strong wind.
- Material — As discussed above, the best material for your outdoor furniture will be heavily influenced by what climate you live in. In addition, it’s also important to think about how much time you want to spend caring for your furniture. Some materials like wood will require periodic re-sealing to stay weatherproof, while others such as HDPE require virtually no maintenance at all.
- Layout and Space — Another important factor is the size and layout of the space where your furniture will go. Choose furniture that will fit your patio without overcrowding it or impeding traffic flow. A picnic table and benches can fill out a large deck, but for a smaller or narrower space, a bar table and stools may be a better option.
Keeping these factors in mind while selecting outdoor furniture is sure to help you choose the best option for your home’s needs.